Sunday, March 22, 2009

What time would you choose?

There are special moments in my life where I wish I could stop the hands of time. My kids are all home tonight, and my husband and I are hanging out doing a whole lot of nothing. Some would call me boring. I consider myself a great appreciator of time.

I can often torment myself because I yearn to go back to times in my life that I can't go back to. Times like when my mother was alive, when my babies were small enough to nuzzle into the crook of my neck, my wedding day.

Whenever I'm overwhelmed by the desire to stop my life right where it is, I ask the Lord to bless my grateful heart with a memory. I ask Him for a snapshot of this joyful moment in my life. Making a deposit into my mind's library allows me to go back every once in awhile, and replay these special moments in my life.

How about you? Is there a special part of your life where you wish you could freeze time? Have you made any memory deposits lately?

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1


Beth in NC said...

So precious Joanne!

Yes, each day with my daughter being young. Having my husband by my side. Still having parents, though I wonder each time I leave their driveway how many days we have left together.

I totally understand.

Love to you!

momstheword said...

I too would love to have my dad back, for just one more hug. I also would love to relive my children's childhood. I would love to go thru it all over again. Even the tantrums.

When I do think about the past, I remember that someday, today will be the past. And I will be wishing to relive today. That helps me to keep a perspective and to make today count.

Fran said...

I can't pick just one....i'm a very sentimental person so i have about 472 times I want to go back to! :) I think just realizing that each "time" is a gift and we should deeply treausre it, is the thing to do!

Mari said...

I would like to have frozen time when my kids were young - like from babies to 8 or something like that. I loved those days. Of course I am enjoiying time now too. Maybe I should freeze today!

CalvaryGirl said...

Thanks for the reminder, I need to deposit some more memories these days.

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Elizabeth M Thompson said...

Joanne, whatever day we are on, that's the day I'd freeze in time. Each one is precious! Okay there are some that are a little more precious than others, but this morning, my sweet baby girl crawled into my bed and cried herself out in my arms (at 4:30am on a Monday) because daddy just left for a business trip.

I would freeze this because I was able to comfort her and take away her fears. I know I won't always be able to do that. There will be things that happen in her life that I cannot make better no matter how much I may want to.

For this little ribbon of time, I can meet her needs. And I love that.

Barbara said...

Memories of wonderful times are blessings from God......sometimes memories of not so wonderful times are blessings as well...anytime I remember my life before Christ, although it is sad, the memory of a moment in time when he reached down for me is a wonderful memory indeed and a memory worthy of the highest praise.

A Stone Gatherer said...

I guess I would have to say when my kids were babies! Like you said, where they can nuzzle into my neck! I miss being able to hold them and rock them! Now I just love our times together camping or like the trip to CA we shared last year! So may wonderful Memories were made!

Tea With Tiffany said...

Time. I wish I could bottle it. I wrote a post years ago about this too. I understand. I wish I had a better memory. I thank God for cameras and that is one reason I take so many pics. My memory is weak. And I think I learned at a young age to block things out. When life was hard, I left(in my mind anyway). Ha.

I love moments with those I love. I'm comfortable observing and taking it all in. I cherish all of the seasons of kids' lives. It's harder now that Justin is almost 16. Two years left. I feel the urgency to live now. Not wait!

Great post as always!

Jensmere said...

Beautiful post,Joanne. I wish everyday that I could go back to be with my Mom...I miss her so very much. Through the time of her illness, I clung to this little quote:
"Each day is a precious treasure". (Anon.)

May it be so for you!

Angie said...

Oh girlfriend....are we kin?
I do the "past haunts"...thing...and God yanks me back into reality of WHAT He's done in my life...Thankfully.

The treasure store of memories are the sweetest blessing though...the memory of holding my newborn for the first time...the sound of baby laughter...the sound of sister's sweet phone call...with her departing words on the phone that time..."talk to ya later"...oh girl...the memories.

THIS was an incredible post...but when have I come here and found one not so?? Never. They're all incredible.

We are PRAYING girl.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I don't remember things like I should. I often wish for a few moments back when all of my four were very young and chronicle them more clearly. That's why blogging has been so good for me. If nothing else, I've kept a good record of the past 14 months of my life...I want my kids to have something to remember me by.

Honestly, it's almost too painful for me to think about the past; I'm tearing up even writing this tonight. So, I think I'll just cherish tonight and tomorrow's gift, and do my best to take a picture then.

Love you.



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